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Rachael Bock

Lecturer in Dance and Drama

Rachael trained at Ignite Dance Centre and specialises in dance technique, performance and choreography at the University. She has worked as a dancer and choreographer for various professional projects, is founder of Invoke Dance Company, and works as a guest choreographer for youth dance companies… Chevron icon

Biography

Rachael has worked as a dancer, choreographer, course leader and teacher for several years. Trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet and musical theatre, Rachael works across performing arts disciplines, however her specialism lies within Graham technique and dance performance. She has choreographed and directed many works using innovative set design and ideas, as well as full-scale musical productions at professional venues.

Rachael has recently completed her MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science, and is particularly interested in developing research that involves supplementary training for pre-professional dancers that aims to enhance their performance skills and reduce injury. In addition to her position at the University, she has built and maintained a successful youth dance company, and works as a guest choreographer for youth companies across the West Midlands.

Qualifications

  • MSc: Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Staffordshire University, 2019
  • BA (Hons): Professional Dance Development, Buckinghamshire New University, 2014

Teaching & Research

Teaching

Dance Performance/Creative Performance, Contemporary Dance Techniques, Jazz Dance, The Healthy Dancer, Choreography, Dance for Musical Theatre, Dance Histories, Contact Improvisation, Foundation Ballet.

Research

The pre-professional dance environment; developing and maintaining physical resilience, investigating prevalence, type and site of dance-related injuries, the effects of supplementary training on dance performance-related parameters, physiological implications of the dance rehearsal and performance process.